Despite the relentless march of technology, the age-old romance of the market is alive and well in South Africa. Check out our list of the best flea, food, family and fashion markets around.
Rosebank Art & Craft Market
Open every day, the Rosebank Art & Craft market is a vibrant celebration of all things African. You won’t find generic curios here, but unique hand-made products from creative people across South Africa and as far away as Cameroon. The buzzing marketplace is brimming with ornaments, artefacts, handbags, decor items, paintings, animal skins and one-of-a-kind gifts. You can find the market at the Rosebank Mall, next to Europa.
Bryanston Organic & Natural Market
An oasis in the heart of the city, this beautiful market showcases the very best in organic foods, lovingly crafted natural products and clothing. The market is a treasure trove for those looking for truly unique products, whether it be a watch sculpted from wood, a San-inspired painted rock or a classic wooden toy for the kids. Top quality fresh produce straight from the farm is sold by a variety of stalls, while an incredible range of breads, meats, coffees, nuts, preserves, butters, patisseries and cooked goods can be found in the deli. You can also take a stroll around the lush nursery, browsing through a cornucopia of herbs, vegetable seedlings, shrubs, flowers and trees. The market is located at 40 Culross Road and is open on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Blaauwklippen Family Market
Fun for the whole family, the Blaauwklippen Family Market is particularly healthy in variety. Held every Sunday, the market amongst the leafy trees of Blaauwklippen Estate outside Stellenbosch boasts ample food and drinks stalls, wine tastings, live music, arts and crafts, clothing and gadgets. The kids are brilliantly catered for with pony rides, playgrounds, farm animals and plenty of wide open spaces to run around in. An antique fair joins the market once a month, while you can bring your dogs along for the Vineyard Doggy Walk on every third Sunday.
Root 44 Market
Root 44 is another special Stellenbosch market with great food, great drinks and lively entertainment. In summer, the vineyards and trees offer a perfect outdoor setting, while cosy Downings marquees ensure that the fun isn’t dampened by any Cape winter weather. Culinary offerings include wood-fired pizzas, roosterkoek, biltong and curries, washed down with Audacia wines and craft beers. The market stocks a range of jarred and baked products to take home with you, as well as plenty of arts, crafts and clothing.
The Market @ Vergenoegd
As the first stop on the N2 Wine Route from Cape Town, Vergenoegd is a very accessible market for those living in either the Mother City or Stellenbosch. On the food and drink side, this trendy market features mouth-watering delicacies such as frozen yoghurt, honey chocolate, Belgian waffles, Mexican favourites, craft beer and freshly-squeezed juices. There’s a good selection of art stalls too, as well as events alongside the market, including the Vergenoegd Family Breakfast Run and a noisy parade of 1000 real-life ducks. Open every Saturday from 09h00 to 17h00.